Early this week I woke up after a rough night sleep. I was coughing for most of the night which left me concerned. I decided to get tested even though the inconvenience of a Coronavirus isolation would follow. The last two weeks the numbers for Covid-19 in Australia have been increasing on a daily basis especially in Victoria. Ten suburbs which are very close to where I live have gone back into lockdown for a month. I can feel the fear rising up in people again and it’s beginning to feel like everyone is on high alert yet again.
There are four adults in my house; two of them are my adult children. The first thing I thought of when I woke up was doing the right thing and setting the right example. If either of my kids or my husband came home with any symptoms, I’d expect them to do the same.
I called my local doctor and got a phone call booked in that afternoon. My doctor insisted I get tested even though my symptoms were minor. I only have one kidney so I always need to be more cautious. I dropped by the clinic 15 minutes later to pick up my referral and drove to a drive through testing clinic in Heaths Road, Hoppers Crossing.
I waited about 30 minutes in line in my car. I was greeted in a car park by a nice man who explained the slight discomfort I would feel. He swabbed my mouth and then poked the swab up my nose. A slight sting was experienced but nothing to cry about. He wished me well and I drove home.
When I think about the ease and comfort of being able to be tested immediately, I feel privileged. It cost me nothing, there was very little waiting time and I’ll get my results within a week. How lucky am I?
How it feels
Ohhhh….. I feel like a leper. It’s awful. Getting tested is one thing but I’ve had to isolate myself until the results come in. I don’t mind being alone so it’s not a big deal. My house has two large living rooms one of which houses my office and art studio. My husband has been sleeping in our spare room. I feel a bit sad hearing the joyful sounds of my husband and children at the dinner table down below whilst I eat my dinner on my own in my lovely second living room. It’s nice to have a legitimate reason to not to have to talk to anyone, solve any problems or have to do any thinking labour. They won’t let me in the kitchen or living room downstairs so I haven’t had to cook or do anything else. It feels a bit like a sabbatical really.
I haven’t had any other symptoms. The cough only occurred overnight. I think it may have had more to do with the heater remaining on all night as it was a freezing cold night. The dry air irritated my throat is what I think happened.
Was I hasty? I don’t think so. If you are as privileged as I and can be seen so easily and without any barriers to entry, then I think we should all take advantage of it, approach any symptoms with caution and keep each other safe.
I’m one of the lucky ones
As I write this I realise I have nothing to complain about. I’m healthy, alive and I live in a home that is large, beautiful and comfortable. Covid-19 has not disrupted my life in any major way. I’ve worked from home for 25 years so that hasn’t changed. I’ve had to adapt some things with my company The Room Xchange to suit the new climate we live in, but nothing too major. My husband’s business is also operated from home. Our two kids lost their jobs and were able to come back home until they can get back on their feet so they’re okay. Thank fully we have a home with the space to share it with them.
So, as lonely as I feel right now, I’m not alone. I’m safe and I’m cared for. I’m not dying and right now as I write this, I’m laying in a warm, heated bed in my beautiful warm bedroom.
Perhaps that’s something we can take away from Covid-19. The opportunity to stop, be grateful for what we have and to pay attention to what’s important – people.